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Velbon VS Series 443D

4-section tripod with tilting center column

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    Center column inverts for low-angle and overhead shooting

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    Full 360-degree movement of center column

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    Sliding front-to-back movement

 

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by David Brown
Velbon

Looking for a tripod with unique shooting versatility? Try the Velbon VS-443D. Not only do you get the height flexibility that the 4-section legs and adjustable center column provide. But the center column tilts for full 360-degree movement. Mount your camera on the included quick release plate, attach it to the tripod, and grab the twist-locking grip to turn the center column into a fully maneuverable arm. Tilt the column straight down for cool overhead macro shots or low-angle photos. It also features a sliding function, great for moving your camera manually for a carefully controlled zoom effect during video shooting. For more traditional tripod photography, lock the center column in place and use the included ball head to pan and tilt your camera.

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Highlights:

  • height range: 9-1/2" to 63-7/16"
  • supports cameras and camcorders weighing up to 11 lbs.
  • tilting center column can be rotated a full 360 degrees
  • center column features geared front-to-back sliding movement for video zoom
  • twist-lock grip on end of center column
  • legs open wide for low-angle shooting
  • includes ball head (QHD-53D) for pan and tilt flexibility
  • includes quick-release plate (QB-62) for mounting camera to tripod
  • durable aluminum construction
  • leg diameter: 23mm
  • folded height: 22-13/16"
  • weight: 4.08 lbs.
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • VS-443D tripod
  • V4-unit (installed)
  • QH-53D ball head (installed)
  • QB-62 Quick release plate (installed)
  • Operating Manual (English)
  • Operating Manual (German)
  • Spec sheet

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Features

Overview: The Velbon VS-443D is a versatile tripod, equipped with the V4-unit multi-function arm, the QHD-53D ball head, a quick-release platform, an adjustable center column, and lockable 4-section legs. The VS-443D comes with a zippered nylon carrying case.

V4-unit: The VS-443D's V4-unit multi-function arm has a large hand grip, and can be rotated 360°. The geared center column (elevator) can be adjusted approximately 8" using the crank handle. It can be used in a vertical direction, or tilted for horizontal operation. The center column can also be inverted to shoot close-ups from directly above the subject with the camera positioned beneath the tripod.

QHD-53D Head: The VS-443D's QHD-53D ball-type head is equipped with the QB-62 Quick Release platform and a 1/4" tripod socket. The head features a single tension adjustment for smooth movement and quick control. There are two slots to allow you to tilt the head 90° in either direction. Two bubble levels and a shoe lever on the head ensure the camera is level perfect.

4-Section Aluminum Legs: The 4-section telescoping legs feature Flip-lever leg locks for maximum stability. The legs are tipped with non-slip rubber feet. Each leg has a 3-way sliding angle adjustment that can be set to normal, semi-low, and low-angle.

Specifications:

  • Operating Height:
    • Maximum: 63.4"
    • Minimum: 55.1" (Normal Angle) 9.45" (Low Angle)
  • Folded Length: 22.8"
  • Weight: 4.08 pounds
  • Best Performance Load: 6.61 pounds
  • Maximum Load: 11.02 pounds
  • Diameter of Tripod Legs: 23mm, 20mm, 17.2mm, and 14.4mm
 
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